It’s not too late, you can still avoid fall pests like box elder bugs, lady bugs, and stink bugs – from taking over your home this winter!
Box elder bugs feed on a variety of trees and plants, including box elder trees, by siphoning their juices. Their overlapping wings form a red X on their back, making them easily distinguishable from other bugs. Indoors, they invade living spaces and are considered a nuisance. Adult box elder bugs can survive the entire winter once they have gained entry to a warm home. The damage they cause indoors is limited, involving smaller issues such as fecal staining on materials and surfaces.
Lady bugs can be a great help in the garden during the warmer months because they eat aphids and other bothersome insects. They are oval-shaped and bright red, orange, or yellow in color with black spots. However, they will invade homes in the fall in large numbers as they seek shelter in which to overwinter, thus becoming a nuisance pest.
Stink bugs feed on fruits and vegetables, causing a huge problem for farmers during warm weather. Indoors, where they can find warmth for the winter, they are not just a nuisance but also give off a terrible odor if crushed. Stink bugs have a distinct shield look to their shape and are mottled grayish-brown in color. These pests are a nuisance and can be quite difficult to eradicate.
In order to avoid these pests this winter try these last-minute tips:
- Seal all cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home to minimize points of entry.
- Block off gaps around utility wires, cables, and pipes.
- Repair or replace any damaged or missing screens, soffits, and vents.
- Make sure that chimney caps are tight.
- Keep trees, bushes, and other landscaping neatly trimmed and away from the exterior of your home.
Your best bet against fall pests is to call on ChemTec Pest Control in New Jersey! We offer a home protection plan that is just right for you and your home and property. Our PestGuard Home Protection Plan focuses on giving you prompt and effective services. We begin with a thorough inspection, followed by uniquely designed and effective treatment solutions and protective barriers. We also provide you with management reports to keep you informed, as well as a money-back guarantee and free access to our emergency response team.
Give us a call today to find out how the professionals at ChemTec Pest Control can help protect your home and family from nuisance fall pests.